Wedding FAQs

Weddings at Farnham Castle are inclusive of the following:

  • A dedicated Wedding Specialist to guide you through every aspect of your wedding planning and on the day.
  • The reassurance that Farnham Castle only hosts one wedding per day so you and your guests will have a team dedicated to making sure that your day runs smoothly.
  • Complimentary use of the Gatehouse for Bridal / Groomsmen preparations from 8am on the day of your wedding.
  • Complimentary overnight stay in our luxury Honeymoon Suite for the newlywed couple on the night of the wedding.
  • An invitation for you and your partner to one of our tasting events.
  • Private use of grounds for your photographs and drinks reception (weather permitting and as agreed in your personal contract).
  • Use of ceremony, drinks reception, wedding breakfast and evening spaces as agreed in your personal contract.
  • Use of the Gallery Bar, which overlooks the stunning Great Hall, throughout your Wedding Breakfast and evening reception.
  • All staffing and an Event Manager who will guide you and your guests throughout the day.
  • White linen, all glassware, crockery and cutlery for your wedding breakfast and evening food.
  • Complimentary mineral water throughout the day and night.
  • Free car parking for you and your guests.
  • Use of three easels for display of your table plan, timings etc.
  • Cake stand (round or square) and knife.

Our food and beverage packages are very flexible with plenty of options to suit all palates and budgets, please do take a look at our catering brochure or discuss with your Wedding Specialist. As an example, the Silver Package includes:

  • Two Reception drinks per person
  • Unlimited mocktail option
  • Four canapés per person
  • Three course wedding breakfast
  • Half a bottle of wine per person
  • Glass of Prosecco for the toast
  • Tea, coffee and petit fours

Essentially, we provide everything required for your wedding to take place. All you need to provide are the decoration elements to really personalise your day such as your placecards, favours and your entertainment, for instance, a DJ or a band for your evening reception. Please see our list of hand-picked suppliers for more information.

Typical timings for a 1pm ceremony (Silver Package)

08.00 Bride and bridal party arrive at Gatehouse
10.00 Supplier access
13.00 Ceremony
13.45 Drinks and canapé reception to begin
15.15 Call for Dinner
15.30 Newlywed couple announced into The Great Hall
15.45 Wedding Breakfast served
17.45 Speeches (for Gold and Platinum packages, please allow an additional half an hour for the wedding breakfast service to finish)
18.15 Guests invited to the Stone Hall for tea and coffee Great Hall re-set for your evening reception
19.00 Evening guests arrive
19.15 Cutting of the cake
19.30 First Dance
21.00 Evening food served
23.15 Last orders at the bar
23.30 Bar closes and music finishes
00.00 Carriages

Should you choose to have a bar extension (additional fee applies) last orders will be at 00.45am with the bar closing at 01.00am and guests departing by 01.30am.

Q. What is the maximum / minimum number of guests we can have at our wedding?

A. We can seat up to 200 guests for a wedding breakfast in the Great Hall with capacity for a further 100 evening guests. For more information and to discuss more intimate weddings, please do contact our Wedding Specialists.

Q. How many guest accommodation rooms are available at the Castle?

A. We have 33 guest rooms available; a mixture singles, twins, doubles and family rooms. In total we can accommodate up to 65 adult guests and up to 10 children under the age of 12. For more details, please contact our accommodation team on 01252 721194.

Q. Can we and/or our guests stay prior to the wedding?

A. Subject to availability, you and your guests can stay in advance of your wedding. We can also arrange historic tours, a light evening meal and bar facilities for those staying.

Q. Which rooms in Farnham Castle are licensed for Civil Ceremonies / Marriages?

A. We offer a choice of four licensed spaces and two Church of England chapels; for either marriage ceremonies or blessings within the Castle. The Norman Chapel, The Bishop’s Chapel and The Lantern Hall can each hold different capacity of guests but offer their own unique features and charm. You can even have an outdoor ceremony with a celebrant* presiding in our stunning grounds or a marquee. For a civil ceremony, we are licensed for up to 202 people in the Great Hall, up to 150 people in the Lantern Hall, up to 77 people in the Library and up to 111 people in the Winchester Suite. Our Church of England Chapels can accommodate up to 80 people in the Norman Chapel, or 65 in the Bishop’s Chapel. Please note these capacities include every person, including your suppliers and the person conducting the ceremony.

Farnham Castle is host to all kinds of Weddings including Civil Ceremonies, Church of England services, Blessings, Multi-cultural Ceremonies and Renewal of Vows’ services.

Please speak to our Wedding Specialists for more information.

Q. Can we have our ceremony / reception in the Grounds?

A. We can certainly facilitate ceremonies and receptions in the grounds. Our Wedding Specialists will be able to talk you through the options.

Q. Is Farnham Castle available for exclusive use?

A. When you book your wedding with us, the areas allocated to you will be entirely exclusive to you and you can be sure that we only hold one wedding per day. Should you wish to hire the entire Castle and grounds for your special day, please speak to your Wedding Specialist.

Q. Are we able to mix and match elements from different drinks and menu packages or design our own menu?

A. Of course! Your Wedding Specialist will be able to discuss options with you regarding food, wines and any dietary requirements.

Q. Do you cater for dietary requirements?

A. Yes – we are accustomed to providing high quality, tasty options for guests with dietary requirements. Please let us know at least six weeks in advance of your wedding day and we can provide alternative options for your guests. Our menus have been designed so that many of our dishes can be adapted for most dietary requirements.

Q. Can we supply our own wine?

A. We work very closely with the UK’s largest drinks supplier and have carefully curated each of our wine and drinks lists to match our fine food. Should you require a specific drink or wine which is not currently listed, please do ask and we will do our best to source this for you. Farnham Castle doesn’t operate a corkage policy and all drinks must be purchased as part of your unique wedding package.

Q. Can we bring our own food and drinks for children / suppliers / when we are getting ready?

A. We have a range of delicious menu options for contractors – either a one or two course meal or a packed lunch which we can serve in a ‘green room’ for your band, DJ, photographer etc. For children aged between two and 12 years, we have a choice of delicious three course meals. Please see our catering menu or discuss with your Wedding Specialist. Children aged 13 and over will be charged at the full adult rate.

Please also have a look at our options for food and drinks to complement your Wedding Day for guests staying in advance or to have on the morning as you get ready. Please speak to your Wedding Specialist about the options.

Q. We can’t make the tasting evening, are we able to organise a private tasting?

A. We can certainly accommodate you and your partner for a private tasting. Please speak to your Wedding Specialist to arrange a date and time which suits you.

Q. Do we need wedding insurance?

A. We would always recommend that you take out your own wedding insurance.

Q. Can our photographer use a drone in the grounds?

A. Yes – as long as the appropriate licenses and insurances have been communicated with us in advance. Please refer to our Drone Policy in the policies section of the website. Suppliers who show up on the day without having provided the appropriate documentation in advance will not be permitted to use their drone.

Q. Can we have fireworks / sparklers?

A. Yes! We have two fireworks suppliers who are approved to provide you and your guests with a fabulous display during your evening reception. Please see our supplier list or speak to your Wedding Specialist. Please note, as a historical Grade I and II Listed Building, these are the only two contractors allowed for fireworks at the Castle.

Q. Are there any restrictions on what type of wedding favours I can bring in to Farnham Castle for my wedding reception tables?

You are more than welcome to bring in any wedding favours you’d like! Some food items will require a waiver to be signed, and alcoholic favours will incur a corkage fee.

Q. Can we use confetti in the grounds?

A. You can get that all-important confetti shot on our Fox’s steps after your marriage ceremony. We do ask that you supply your own ivory, white or pastel coloured biodegradable petals and confine confetti to this area only. Please ask your guests to avoid throwing confetti on the gravel areas. Our suppliers list offers information on permitted biodegradable confetti suppliers.

Q. What music can I have for my ceremony and/or in the evening?

A. At the Castle, we understand that music is integral to your enjoyment of the day. During the ceremony, we can accommodate live acoustic music such as a harpist, quartet, choir etc or you are welcome to use our iPod docking station, all you need to do is ensure that phone has a phone jack and supply your own aux cord to plug in. For your evening entertainment, you are welcome to organise a DJ or a Band. They will be required to provide up-to-date PAT certificates in advance, for all the equipment they bring into Castle and a current copy of their Public Liability Insurance documents. A hand-held sound limiter may be used at our discretion.

Q. Can I have a cheese-stack wedding cake?

A. Is a savoury Wedding cake more your style? We can provide you with a beautiful cheese-stack wedding cake, along with all the accompaniments, including artisan crackers and breads, chutneys and fruit. For prices, please enquire with your Wedding Specialist. For health and safety reasons, we do not allow external food to be brought on site, with the exception of an ordinary sponge/fruit wedding cake.

Q. Can we leave our wedding gifts overnight?

A. We recommend that one or two members of your wedding party to look after your wedding gifts and any valuable items as regretfully, we cannot accept any liability for these precious items.

Q. Can I bring in my wedding dress the night before?

A. With such a precious item, we ask that you bring it with you on the day.

Q. Are children allowed at wedding celebrations?

A. Of course! We welcome children to the Castle for your special occasion. We have four highchairs we can provide, plus travel cots and small beds which can be accommodated in some of our rooms. Please speak to our accommodation team for more details.

The Castle is a unique building with some unprotected hazards such as steep steps, high walls and a water feature. Children must be supervised at all times by a responsible adult. If you are expecting more than six children under the age of ten to your wedding, you will be required to organise a crêche facility to supervise them throughout the ceremony and during the wedding breakfast. OR We have an area adjacent to the Great Hall which can be hired for use as a crèche, please discuss your requirements with your Wedding Specialist.

Q. Can my dog attend my Wedding?

A. You are more than welcome to have your beloved four-legged friend(s) at the Castle to be included in photos during your drink’s reception outside. With the exception of Guide Dogs, the Surrey Registrars currently restrict animals in the actual ceremony. Dogs must be kept on a lead and should be taken off-site once the drinks reception is over.

Q. Can I have birds/alpacas/horses/livestock at my Wedding?

A. We have had all sorts of animals, big and small, attending Wedding celebrations at Farnham Castle. Please contact your Wedding Specialist who can advise you how they can be a part of your big day!

Q. What is the payment schedule once we have confirmed our wedding at Farnham Castle?

A. A non-refundable deposit of £3,500 Inc. VAT is required on booking. Nine months prior to the Event, £6,000 inc VAT is payable. Full pre-payment is required, no less than four weeks prior to the Event. Any additional charges incurred during the Event should be paid on departure.

Q. Do you have a cancellation policy?

A. We understand that unforeseen circumstances can occur at any stage of planning a wedding. Please speak to your Wedding Specialist or check our Terms and Conditions under the Policies section on the website.

Q. Is the Castle accessible to wheelchair users?

A. We do have accessible facilities. Due to the historic nature of the building and changes in levels and flooring, please discuss your access needs with your Wedding Specialist.

Q. Are there any restrictions on suppliers at the Castle?

A. Whilst we do have a recommended supplier list of trusted partners who are accustomed to working within our unique and historic building, we do not restrict your choice of supplier as long as they meet certain basic criteria. All suppliers must provide appropriate certification including details of their current Public Liability Insurance. We regret that the following are not permitted in the Castle: smoking, dry ice, confetti canons, haze or smoke machines.

Q. Who do I contact to book the actual ceremony?

Civil Ceremonies There are four spaces at Farnham Castle which are licensed for Civil Wedding Ceremonies. As your Ceremony date will depend upon the availability of the Superintendent Registrar and Registrar, it is essential to make an advance booking prior to the end of your ten day provisional booking period. The venue hire price includes the ceremony room. The actual service fees are payable to the Registrars direct.

The Superintendent Registrar:
Artington House,
Portsmouth Road,
Guildford,
Surrey
GU2 4DZ
T: 01483 518255

Church Weddings Farnham Castle has two private Chapels for religious ceremonies. Either Chapel is exclusively available for Church of England weddings to eligible couples who are holding their reception at Farnham Castle. It is essential to make an advance booking with St Andrews Church prior to the end of your ten day provisional booking period. The venue hire price includes the use of our Chapel. Preparation, Service and Ceremony fees are chargeable. For details please speak to our Wedding Specialists.

St Andrews Church:
David Uffindell – St Andrews Church Office
T: 01252 715412
e: office@standrewfarnham.org

Other local churches: For local churches close to Farnham Castle where, subject to eligibility, you may marry, please see: www.achurchnearyou.com

*Please note – under current legislation, ceremonies conducted by a celebrant or a religious representative who is not a registrar or vicar and / or is conducted in an unlicensed location are not legally recognised in England. You will be required to have a civil or religious ceremony to make your marriage legally binding.